Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center
Rudbeckia is a priority for germplasm acquisition and conservation
Research on Rudbeckia seeds is ongoing
Rudbeckia flowers have been deservedly popular for many years.
Celebrating the wonderful world of Rudbeckia during 2015!
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The Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC) is part of the National Plant Germplasm System, a network of organizations and people dedicated to preserving the genetic diversity of crop plants.

The OPGC is a joint effort of the USDA-ARS and The Ohio State University's Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.  Financial support is provided through the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative of the ARS.


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Recent News

Booth at Cultivate'15
As in previous years, the OPGC had an informational booth at Cultivate'15, the largest horticultural trade show in North America, sponsored by AmericanHort.  The theme of the booth coincided with our focus on 2015 as the Year of Rudbeckia. The booth provided an opportunity to make contact...
UFLA Visitors
A group of faculty from the Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, paid a visit to the OPGC and The Ohio State University to discuss mutual interests in research and educational activities.  The OPGC has hosted various visiting scholar students from UFLA...
Sibelle Santanna is a PhD student from the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil.  She studies seed physiology at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz in Piracicaba. Sibelle will spend 9 months at he OPGC assessing seed quality in different species of Phlox.  The research will...
Baptisia is one of the genera maintained at the OPGC.  This native North American genus consists of approximately 30 species distribued mainly in the Eastern and Southeaster USA.  The collection had originally been developed at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames...